Qatar varsity offers PhD in Islamic finance, economy

Aside from a PhD at HBKU, students can also explore opportunities at places like INCEIF and Durham University

By HABHAJAN SINGH

Qatar-based Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has launched six new academic degrees, including a doctorate degree (PhD) in Islamic finance and economy.

Aside from the doctorate degree, HBKU’s College of Islamic Studies (CIS) is offering in September 2018 Master of Science in Islamic art, architecture and urbanism; and a Master of Arts in Islam and global affairs.

The programmes bear significance for the advancement of Islamic scholarships in academic areas concerning humanities, global affairs and finance, the university said in an update at its website.

The PhD in Islamic finance and economy is badged as an innovative multidisciplinary programme that provides students with the required analytical and research skills to understand, analyse and interpret the workings of the rapidly growing Islamic financial services and markets, and to tackle its emerging challenges and opportunities.

The programme is centred on national priorities as set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030, local aspirations as enshrined in the objectives of Shariah and global targets such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Locally, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) offers a PhD in Islamic finance, a programme that is said to be

industry-driven and based on “strong academic fundamentals, emphasising robust and rigorous knowledge in Islamic finance”, according to the Malaysian-based university’s website.

The deadline for international students is today (April 30, 2018) and June 15 for Malaysians.

Durham University also provides a PhD by research in the field of Islamic finance. The Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance (DCIEF) said it has more than 60 students from across the world pursuing the programmes.

“We offer specialised research degrees in most areas of Islamic economics, banking and finance. As part of the degree programme, students normally attend a module on Islamic economics and Shariah-compliant finance.

“There are also weekly research support workshops,” the centre said on its website.

Durham University said its research degrees are recognised by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Higher Education, the Central Bank of Bahrain and Bank Negara Malaysia.

HBKU’s College of Science and Engineering is offering a Master of Data Analytics in health management; a Master of Science in logistics and Supply Chain Management; and a PhD in logistics and supply chain management.

“We hope that our three newest degrees will contribute significantly to reviving that culture of academic innovation in the Muslim world, which will find its epicentre in Qatar,” said CIS dean Dr Emad El Din Shahin.

HBKU is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.